Dr. Anthony Hackney - 2015 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Dr. Anthony Hackney

Professor, Dept. of Exercise & Sports Science & Dept. of Nutrition, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

“Exercise: Too Much of a Good Thing?"

Dr. “Tony” Hackney is a full professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, with a joint appointment in the Department of Nutrition-School of Public Health and several adjunct appointments in the UNC School of Medicine. He also holds faculty appointments in several universities in Latin America.

He has over 200 published research articles and book chapters, is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology, and a member of the Physiological Society of Great Britain and the American Physiological Society. He is a three time recipient of Fulbright Scholar awards from the US Department of State, having served in Eastern Europe. He has also been awarded numerous teaching, service and research awards from UNC, as well as from universities overseas and international organizations; and to date, he has lectured and conducted research in 40 countries.

His research has concentrated on how physical, environmental, and emotional stress affects the hormonal responses of the endocrine system; in particular, focusing on dysfunctions and dysregulations that develop in the endocrine system from stress exposure, that ultimately can compromise physiological responses and adaptations. His work has been funded by many traditional US federal grant agencies as well as the United Nations, NATO, the US Agency for International Development, and the European Council. 

In his leisure time he is a small animal farmer, an advocate for sustainable community supported agriculture programs and competes in master’s level track and field, with several national championships to his credit.